Northern Ireland

Lisburn: Two men in court over sex offences

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Image caption The men appeared at Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Thursday

Two men have appeared in court charged with the rape and sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl on Monday.

The incident is alleged to have happened on the Lagan Towpath.

Paul Sheridan, 23, of Hillfoot Crescent in Ballynahinch, County Down, is charged with the rape of a child under 13 years old and sexual assault.

Gerard Michael Owen McKenna, 27, from Rockville Street in Belfast, is accused of raping the same child and sexual assault.

Mr McKenna is also charged with three offences of sexual assault against another girl, aged 15, on the same date.

He is also accused of making threats to kill two people on Christmas Day.

Appearing at Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Thursday Mr McKenna denied the offence, while Mr Sheridan admitted being at the scene but said touching was done through consent.

The court heard that both Mr McKenna and Mr Sheridan have criminal records.

Both men were refused bail and are due to appear again in court next month.

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